Reversing Tubes Or IVF: Which Is Better?
Posted On: Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Most parents desire a child genetically similar to them.
In-vitro fertilization (IVF) or reversing a tubal ligation are the best choices to allow for genetically similar children.
Often couples will want to know which treatment is better: IVF or tubal ligation reversal?
The answer may surprise you…
Is IVF Better Than Tubal Reversal?
Is IVF better than tubal reversal? Each infertility treatment can provide the same end result; however, the treatments are vastly different from each other.
IVF is an infertility treatment where the woman receives hormonal medication to cause increased egg production. The mature eggs are harvested from the woman during an egg retrieval procedure. The eggs are then combined with the partner’s sperm and are allowed to fertilize and develop outside of the woman’s body. If the eggs are healthy enough then they are placed inside the woman’s uterus in the hope that they will attach and continue to grow.
Each IVF attempt is called a cycle. Each IVF cycle costs about $12,000 and each cycle is about 35% successful.
Is Reversing Tubes Better Than IVF?
Reversing tubes can be better than IVF for many women. Reversing tubes requires a surgical procedure to open and reconnect the blocked tubes. Once this occurs then pregnancy can occur naturally and more than once.
Tubal reversal at Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center costs approximately $5,900 at the time of this publication. During a one hour outpatient operation the tubes are surgically rejoined. This reverses the blockage caused during the tubal ligation and allows for natural pregnancy. After tubal reversal a woman has a chance to become pregnant every month.
The average chance of becoming pregnant after tubal reversal at Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center is approximately 70%.
Which Is Better Tubal Reversal Or IVF?
If you have had your tubes tied then tubal reversal can be a good choice to obtain your pregnancy goals. Why?
Reversal of tubes is more affordable than IVF and allows the chance to become pregnant naturally and each month.
IVF Advice And Tubal Reversal Advice
IVF is a better choice than tubal reversal if you have severely damaged fallopian tubes, if the male partner has severely abnormal sperm, and for some women over the age of 42. Tubal reversal is a better choice for women with a tubal ligation who do not have any other infertility issues.
Many patients will have conditions which make IVF a better choice; however, many of these women will still express an interest in tubal reversal surgery because they do not want to face the ethical challenges IVF may present, they do not have the financial resources to pursue multiple IVF cycles, or they do not want to use donor eggs.
Tubal reversal is often the better choice for those who want to undo the ‘permanent’ decision they made in the past and want to have a baby naturally.
Women who are interested in tubal reversal are encouraged to call the office of Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center at (919) 968-4656 for more information about reversing tubes.